With support from the State Government of Victoria, Vicsport has released the Hot Weather Guidelines for Sport & Active Recreation and associated resources.
By developing these resources, Vicsport aims to promote good policy and practice to protect the health and safety of participants, officials, coaches, parents, volunteers, staff, sports trainers and spectators, whilst supporting continued participation in sport and active recreation.
The resources, which include policy templates and fact sheets to accompany the guidelines, will assist sport organisations to mitigate the risks heat illnesses during hot weather.
Victoria experiences periods of extreme heat and heatwaves which can negatively impact on community activities such as sport and active recreation.
Exposure to extreme or even moderate heat poses a problem as it may result in exertional heat illness ranging from heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even heat related death. Therefore, it is important to be prepared as the likelihood of extreme heat increases with warm to hot climate conditions.Sporting organisations and participants should be prepared for hot weather given the predicted increases in the number of high heat days in Victoria.
Information and advice about heat related illnesses, risk factors and mitigation strategies are now available for state sport associations, regional sports assemblies, local governments, clubs, leagues and associations. The resources have been developed in partnership with Sport and Recreation Victoria the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention.
Vicsport CEO Lisa Hasker says:
“We are pleased to release these resources and hope that we can increase participation in sport and active recreation while protecting the health and safety of all involved at the grassroots level. We also thank Sport & Recreation Victoria for supporting us to develop these important resources.”
Participation Strategy Manager, Vicsport
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